MONTEREY, CALIF, Sept. 10, 2013— The Common Core State Standards promote the use of open-ended questions in instruction and on summative and formative assessments. Automated scoring software that can faithfully replicate how trained educators evaluate a student’s written response offers a new approach for states to meet the challenge of providing timely and accurate scores without requiring a large investment of (teacher) time or money. Pacific Metrics researchers have developed a free resource, the Automated Scoring (AS) Decision Matrix, to assist states and organizations in understanding the range of scoring options available, and how to combine these options for the...

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